BiblioTECH uses barcodes to facilitate speedy identification of Resources and Patrons.
Barcode usage and types
Resources and Patrons can optionally be assigned a barcode. If not assigned, then they need to be identified by Title or Name (barcodes are not mandatory but are highly recommended).
Barcodes must be unique within the system (across all Patrons and Resources).
Barcodes can contain digits and/or letters (avoid barcodes that contain Space characters).
Barcodes must contain a minimum of 1 and maximum of 30 characters.
BiblioTECH can handle barcodes of differing formats within the same system. Additionally, the barcode format for Resources can be different to that used for Patrons (this allows the school admin system identifier to be used for Patron barcodes).
BiblioTECH does not encode any information in barcodes (therefore, you can use a mix of barcode formats in the same system).
BiblioTECH has facilities for handling 'special' barcode formats (e.g. 'numeric mode' where 12345, 012345 and 0012345 are treated as the same barcode).
Barcodes are commercially available via several suppliers.
Note: The pricing per label can vary based on the number of barcodes ordered.
BiblioTECH can handle a variety of barcode formats. Therefore, when purchasing additional barcodes, it is probably better to purchase barcodes in the same format as your existing ones. Just ensure you do not purchase duplicates of existing barcodes. Most barcode suppliers will check this with you. However, if you cannot locate the same barcode format or you have no barcodes, then the recommended format for BiblioTECH barcodes is a plain 12-digit barcode.
One company that supplies many libraries is ABCorp. Their 12-digit barcodes can be purchased here.